Resume - no related experience, Help!

  1. I am a new Grad, Dec. 2014 and have no experience in the Helath care field. I have worked since I was 14, summer hire @BK, then cashier promoted to supervisor in a grocery store for 4 years during high school and continuing after I graduated until I married and moved, and then banking for 18 years before starting nursing school. I didn't add all my past job positions as theres not enough room and I think they will wonder if I am ready to retire seeing I've worked for 22 years with a couple of years off during school and a couple off when my 1st child was born. A copy of my resume is below.

    ME, RN
    My Address
    Phone: e-maiL:

    SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
    · Dependable, caring, loyal and compassionate professional with demonstrated ability to provide quality detail orientated care to clients, adaptable to changing situations and willing and capable of learning new skills
    · Able to follow procedures and treatments, and to communicate changes in clients conditions as defined for unit
    · Competent with documentation, data collection, prioritizing, planning, and implementation of client care and treatment plans
    · Experienced with supervision of staff and delegation of work

    Education
    Blank College state town December 2014
    Graduate: Associates Degree in Science/Nursing
    · N101: 180 Clinical Hours: Hospital, Town state: Medical/Surgical, 8 hour shifts.
    · N102: 180 Clinical Hours: Hospital, Town, state :Medical/Surgical, 8 hour shifts; Hospital, Town state: OB/GYN, 8 hour shifts
    · N201: 240 Clinical Hours: Hospital, Town state: Orthopedic, 8 hour shift.
    · N203: 240 Clinical Hours: hospital, town state: Medical/Surgical, 8 hour shifts; hospital town state: Mental Health, 8 hour shifts
    Ø Charted on various hospital operating systems, maintained HIPPA standards
    Ø Participated in educational presentation to public on diabetes health
    Ø Maintained respect, integrity and professionalism with staff, peers, management, patients and families
    Ø Advocated for patients care, completed patient assessments, vitals, ADL’s, ambulation, wound care, education and medication administration on up to four patients

    Work Experience
    NAME OF BANK (ALL WORK WITH SAME BANK)
    Commercial Lending Representative, Town state 2010-2012
    · Maintained and organized files, entered data on loan database
    · Provided consistent and continual communication, follow-up and problem resolution with clients
    · Collaborated with clients, colleagues, managers, attorneys, lenders, inspectors and contractors
    Senior Administrative Assistant, Town state 2004-2010
    · Created and updated excel reports and spreadsheets, composed memos and correspondence accurately
    typing up to 50 WPM using Microsoft word
    · Provided courteous and helpful customer support and problem resolution, both in person and on the phone,
    while maintaining composure during busy or stressful situations
    · Assisted with various departmental projects and provided creative and clerical support
    Financial Services Associate, Town State 2002-2004
    · Surveyed customers for quality service and assisted customers in completion of various documents
    · Maintained a high level of customer service standards, established goals both stated and measurable
    · Educated clients on financial products and services, catered to their needs
    · Scheduled facilities for training and meetings
    · Created reports, recorded meeting minutes and distributed to appropriate staff region wide
    · Provided branches with technical support and assisted in conducting branch audits
    Senior Teller, Town state 1998-2001
    · Supervision of up to six employees, including orientation and technology systems training
    · Ensured proper coverage by scheduling employees to the needs of the branch
    · Participated in brainstorming of new branch promotions to increase sales and motivate staff
    · Opened new accounts resulting in recognition during branch sales meetings for achieving or exceeding goals



    Certifications/ Awards/ Achievements
    · AHA BLS Healthcare Provider exp. 8/20/16
    · Registered Nurse License ###### effective 1/29/15
    · NDNQI Pressure Ulcer Training IV completed 8/23/14
    · NIH Stroke Scale Certificate Test Group A – Completed 1/5/2015
    · Member Schools chapter of Honor Society since 2013
    · Inducted member of The National Society of Leadership and Success since 2014
    · Member National Students Nurses Association – joined in 2013
    · Nursing Class Treasurer
    · Notary Public
    · Languages: read, write, and speak basic French


    I have no idea if this is good or bad, but could really use some help. I haven't received any calls or feedback yet and have been evolving this resume each time I send it, but perhaps I need some outside help. I did have one interview due to someone helping me get an interview, so it really didn't have much to do with my resume, and it didn't pan out so im looking. Is there anyone here who can give me some good tips please? I really need a job soon!
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    About newrnontheblock

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  3. by   tmbeede
    Having worked in HR in the past, you should always include your full work history. While it may not all apply specifically to the nursing profession, it shows that you can hold down a job, commitment to previous employers leading hospitals to beleive you will be commited to them as well and maintain employment for a long period of time, it shows that you are reliable, responsible, a team player etc.
  4. by   newrnontheblock
    Thanks for your input. So, should I have a two page resume? Or some kind of different format that doesn't list all skills in each position, not to list same old, same old skills. Mostly customer Service. Won't it make me look too old starting with 1986 summer hire job. Or 1987-91 cashier and shift supervisor. I also left off teller on my resume when I first started banking in 94.

    Thanks again.
  5. by   MrChicagoRN
    I wouldn't include your entire resume because you don't want to appear "too old." Dates on my resume only go back to the early 90's, which is plenty. Going back just to 98 with one employer is fine. Consider keeping the titles and years, especially if this is a progressive career path.
    Maybe a few sentences that summarizes your transferable skills would work better: customer service, problem solving, prioritizing multiple tasks, etc.

    I may get a bunch of resumes from new grads, and I try to find things that makes one candidate stand out. In the absence of hospital experience, that may include work that shows you can hustle, prioritize multiple tasks, strong problem solving skills, etc.

    In terms of education, I'd only include things that stand out, or make you desirable in a certain speciality. Otherwise, I'd just summarize it. A presentation, or health fair, include it. Course numbers, omit.
  6. by   caliotter3
    Only advice at this point is, as others have suggested, try to trim it down a bit. It is quite common to only include the prior ten years, or even seven, when one has a long work history. When you go through a formal background check, the investigating firm typically looks back seven years. That is why I was told to fill out that length of time on a job app one time.
  7. by   newrnontheblock
    Awesome responses, thank you for your thoughts. If I have applied to a BSN program am taking transferable courses now but have not yet been accepted do you think I can put that down as well or do I need to wait until accepted? The school is waiting for my high school transcripts which are taking forever. I've also applied to volunteer for Red Cross and have gone through the whole process just waiting to get an assignment so no way to get that on there until they get me something to do.
  8. by   RunBabyRN
    I would move your certifications to the top. Those are relevant. Put your RN license expiration date, rather than start date, and move it above your BLS.

    Are you able to perform a patient assessment in French? If not, don't bother listing it. I can carry on a conversation, and KIND OF assess someone in Spanish, but it's not enough that someone could rely on me if they need a translator.

    Remove the summary of qualifications. Unless you have healthcare experience, unfortunately, this is kind of wasted space. Most of that belongs in your cover letter, anyway.

    You can pare down your descriptions of non-healthcare jobs to a couple of lines. It's okay to have a two-page resume, so long as you're not overly wordy with stuff. Show them you are capable of brevity (important for documentation and respecting the time of others). Additionally, consider that a HR manager or even a nurse manager judges your resume in about 3 seconds. How will you stand out? This is a resume one could easily breeze over because there's a lot going on. Make the things that stand out about YOU stand out in your resume.

    It's HIPAA, not HIPPA.

    All of the skills you listed under your nursing education are basics that EVERY nursing student has. This is wasted space. Ditch it. If you know the names of specific EMRs you worked with, list those, but otherwise, don't bother with this.

    One thing I have learned in the many interviews I have had is that when we are older, sometimes managers assume we are not TEACHABLE. Speak to that in your cover letter, and make mention in your interviews. Once I realized THAT was what kept me from getting a job, I started speaking to it, and was offered BOTH positions that I interviewed for after that. I am now working full time.
  9. by   newrnontheblock
    Ouch! Thanks for pointing out HIPAA, I will now never write that wrong again! I feel embarrassed I've sent out my resumes with that on it. Even my nursing instructor didn't pick it up.

    How were you able to point out that your not too old to learn. Obviously anyone who gets into and out of nursing school has had to learn a lot. Too bad they don't look at in that way. Do i need some examples of how I'm teachable? Just curious how you broach the subject.

    Thanks for all the tips. My resume keeps evolving. I've now been accepted for my BSN school so I'll be adding that. I've also signed up to volunteer with the Ted cross they've been very slow in getting me something to do.
  10. by   RunBabyRN
    Quote from newrnontheblock
    Ouch! Thanks for pointing out HIPAA, I will now never write that wrong again! I feel embarrassed I've sent out my resumes with that on it. Even my nursing instructor didn't pick it up.

    How were you able to point out that your not too old to learn. Obviously anyone who gets into and out of nursing school has had to learn a lot. Too bad they don't look at in that way. Do i need some examples of how I'm teachable? Just curious how you broach the subject.

    Thanks for all the tips. My resume keeps evolving. I've now been accepted for my BSN school so I'll be adding that. I've also signed up to volunteer with the Ted cross they've been very slow in getting me something to do.
    I mention that I love learning, I'm eager to learn, one of the things I love about nursing is you never stop learning, etc. Find the wording that's appropriate for you. I put something like that in my cover letter, and I speak to it in interviews.

    I think THEY look at it the way you mentioned- you're new and you have a lot to learn. It's that they want to ensure that YOU look at it that way, too. I think that because I had other healthcare experience, I may have come across like I thought I knew it all, when in reality, yes, I have a good foundation, but I have a lot to build on it. I think that was an analogy I used in my cover letter.

    Congrats on getting into a BSN program! DEFINITELY put that on there, with your anticipated graduation date. That can make you eligible for places that require (or at least prefer) a BSN.

    Look for additional volunteer opportunities. Are there any free clinics in your area? I bet they could use the help! Any causes you believe in?
  11. by   newrnontheblock
    Thanks for your response, funny you put you love to learn, I do too, I'm always looking things up that I don't know or am unsure of, it in my nature. I have an interview for ED next week! Hoping I can make a good impression. I also got a call from Red Cross Finally they will have me go through training and then I will be able to select times and days when I am free to help out. Feeling happy, but nervous for the interview. I always get nervous in interviews. Wish me luck, and ill let post how it goes once I find out.

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